Pamela Hewitt’s top tips for editing your manuscript

You’ve got your first draft finished, but what next? We spoke to editor Pamela Hewitt about the best things to bear in mind when revising your work. Editing is about options rather than rules. Whether you’re editing your own writing or someone else’s, you’re free to change anything from specific words to the way ideas are expressed, right up to the ...

Creative Manoeuvres with Mark O’Flynn

Ahead of his one-day workshop at the Centre, we sat down with Mark O'Flynn, author of The Last Days of Ava Langdon and The Forgotten World, to chat about how he finds inspiration when writing. 1) What's one thing you do when you need inspiration? Inspiration is such a loaded word. I once heard it said that inspiration was what happened after ...

Podcasting for Newbies

Across two weekends later this month, podcasting extraordinaires Kate Montague and Belinda Lopez will be walking you through everything you need to know to kick-start your own podcast. Ahead of this very exciting Podcast Camp, we asked Kate and Belinda for some advice for those new to the podcasting game. How can people ensure their podcast stands out? Belinda: Know yourself and ...

Spotlight On: Sharon Willdin

Each month we shine our spotlight on a member of the NSW Writers' Centre community to learn more about their writing journey, achievements and inspirations. This February, our Spotlight On features Sharon Willdin, writer and co-convener of the Allsorts Writing Group. Sharon writes across genres and refuses to give into the notion that writers have to limit themselves to a certain style ...

Gathering Threads with Michael Sala

In preparation for his workshop on Turning True Stories Into Fiction, we sat down with Michael Sala to ask him about what he does best. Michael's first autobiographical novel The Last Thread won the UTS/Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and also the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region) in 2013. His latest novel is ...

Writing on Our Calendar: February

February promises to be a bundle of reading-and-writing fun. Delve into what’s in store for the literary-minded this month. Every Wednesday: Word Salad A weekly event for word lovers, South Coast Writers' Centre's Word Salad has a different focus each Wednesday. First Wednesday of the month, is an Open Mic to perform your own work or another's, facilitated by local poet and ...

What we’re reading: January

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. On our bookshelves this month are Kate Atkinson's whirlwind of a novel, Life After Life, 4 3 2 1 by Paul Aster, Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and language in the Amazonian jungle, Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection Her Body and Other Parties and Otto ...

Mark Dapin on writing history with confidence

Mark Dapin is an author, historian and journalist. His most recent book is The Nashos' War, a highly acclaimed history of the Vietnam-era national service scheme in Australia. We spoke to him about the best way to approach history writing. What drew you to historical research? When I was a boy, I didn't want to be a pilot or an engine driver, ...

Book Review: All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimópulos (trans. Alice Whitmore)

Restless, skeptical of love and afraid of the familiar, All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimópulos (translated by Alice Whitmore) follows the life of a young Argentinean woman who spends ten years in Europe working a number of different unskilled jobs, until she returns to South America and finds happiness in a remote corner of Patagonia. This happiness is then soured ...

Book Review: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simone Howell, Fiona Wood

Take Three Girls is the book you want your teenagers – regardless of their gender – to read. In today’s world of easy vitriol sprayed online, teenagers need the strength to overcome hatred and not become one of the horrible trolls. This book discusses that and more. It deals with the unlikeliest of friendships, organically formed despite the differences between each girl ...

Book Review: Shtum by Jem Lester

‘Shtum’ means silent, non communicative. It is also Jonah’s most obvious trait. Jonah, the book’s little protagonist is autistic, but not in the Rainman kind of way. He loves Marmite and lashes out when he can’t have it. He loves bubble baths and running around in the backyard naked. He is unpredictable and unable to properly communicate with those around him. Shtum ...

Welcome to the Year of the Novel: 2018

Would you like to make 2018 the year you finally write that book? Emily Maguire's hugely popular year-long novel-writing course is back, beginning in February with Phase One. No one will tell you that writing a novel is easy, but a good teacher and supportive cohort can make a world of difference. Here's Emily with a few other pointers: How has ...

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